00:01 24.11.2017

Interfax-Ukraine - 25 years

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Interfax-Ukraine - 25 years

The Interfax-Ukraine News Agency launched regular news issues 25 years ago, on November 24, 1992. We started our work as a team of ten people with six computers, one modem, an office copier and a fax machine. The agency's first office was a 70-square-meter room in Kharkiv's Korolenko State Scientific Library. We worked there for a year, writing original news reports by phone or from our correspondents in Kyiv. For a long time the only means of transmitting information to our subscribers was by fax and the postal service.

At the same time, we began searching for our first clients and faced with the fact that the young country lacked a market for information products. Our first subscribers were the embassies of Italy, the United States and Sweden. Cooperation with them helped us to take the first steps towards achieving economic independence.

Our first products were news packages (four issues per day) and a business panorama weekly.

In 1993, the agency moved to Kyiv and was based in six rooms at the Ukraina printing plant, where the staff worked for the following five years.

A quarter of a century later, Interfax-Ukraine is one of the leaders on the information services market. We have more than 2,000 subscribers, including the world's largest information organizations, companies and banks, media outlets, central and local government agencies. We today produce over 60 issues in four languages.

On this day, we thank all those who have supported us, helping to preserve what we value the most – our independence. We are grateful to our colleagues from the Interfax News Agency for their efforts made 25 years ago, as well as for ongoing friendly professional assistance.

We are grateful to everyone who worked for the agency at different periods before realizing their potential in other companies, state agencies and public organizations.

We thank all our subscribers for their confidence in us. We pledge we will do our best to remain an efficient, objective and reliable partner.

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